University Handbook 2018

Diploma of Health Sciences

Course code/s: HDHSB

Course details
Location Bendigo
Course code HDHSB
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Dr Kirk Peterson
Available to international students No
Course duration 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 120 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available No
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

If you are interested in a career in health sciences, this course is a pathway into many of La Trobe's undergraduate courses in this field. The curriculum covers key aspects of science, related to health, and explores social and environmental responsibility in professional healthcare.

Pathways to degree programs

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Health Sciences (HDHSB), graduates will be eligible for direct admission into the second year of the following courses at the Bendigo campus only:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (HBHSB);
  • Bachelor of Human Services/Master of Social Work (HZSKB);
  • Bachelor of Public Health Promotion (HBPHPB).

Students entering one of the above courses will be granted 120 credit points of advanced standing (credit) for their previous studies in the Diploma of Health Sciences.

For direct admission into the Bachelor of Nursing (RBN - Bendigo only), students will be granted 105 credit points of advanced standing. This will enable students to enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing and undertake the subject NSG1INA Introduction to Nursing Assessment during summer school. This will be the first subject in their Bachelor of Nursing course, after which they will begin their semester 1 enrolment. Semester 1 enrolment will comprise 3 core subjects and a 'forced elective', NSG2TBN Transition to Bachelor of Nursing. Please note that NSG2TBN will commence 3 weeks prior to semester 1. Both NSG1INA and NSG2TBN include a 1 week clinical placement.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 120 credit points over one year of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM* Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1LHS Learning in Health Sciences 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1CHS Communicating in Health Sciences  15

Key: *ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.


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